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January 19th, 2016
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Cuba!

When I was a kid, I read something that really stuck with me. It was all about this special, mysterious place where several species of birds lived that couldn’t be found anywhere else, even on the same island. The place was known as Zapata Swamp, and since I was very young I always wanted to go there and maybe see one of those special ‘Zapata’ birds. You could even see the world’s smallest bird there. I finally got my chance when I joined my brother and 10 other birders from England and Scotland for a birding tour of Cuba. Stygian Owl - tick! […]



January 19th, 2016
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Bee Hummingbird

My most wanted bird on Cuba was one of the really iconic ones. It’s easy to reel off the fact that Cuba’s endemic Bee Hummingbird is the world’s smallest bird. Even for a hummingbird, it’s small. But it’s impossible to imagine just how small until you’ve seen one. Bee Hummingbird […]



January 19th, 2016
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Cuban Trogon

Taking the ridiculously flamboyant quetzals out of the equation, of the ‘traditional’ trogons, surely none are more visually stunning than Cuban Trogon. It’s endemic to Cuba and one of the birds I most wanted to see on our trip. As with Elegant Trogon and books about birds in Arizona, Cuban Trogon is on the cover of the Cuba book. It’s iconic and beautiful. But would we find one? Cuban Trogon […]



January 19th, 2016
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Cuban Tody

Cuban Tody was high on my wanted list, and we saw them fairly commonly in a variety of habitats across the island. They’re quirky little characters, often quite tame, but usually in dark cover and difficult to photograph (for me, at least). Cuban Tody […]